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The easiest way to tell you about the Child Writes Program is to let you hear it from the people involved.

What Children Think

 

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the book, my very own book – finished, printed, bound - when it came back from the printers. I didn’t really believe I had written and illustrated a real book until then.”
Annabel, age 11, author & illustrator, 'The Tea Party Terror'

“…the sheer feeling of success of writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book of your own, words cannot describe the feeling. So for anyone out there wanting to publish a book of their own, I encourage you, although it has its up and downs, the feelings are unexplainable.”
Ashlee, age 12, author & illustrator, 'I Want a Friend'

“When I first published my book, I gave my closest family and friends a copy of my book for Christmas presents, and after that there were a number of people who wanted a copy. So I reprinted and sold copies to those people. I am currently working towards placing my book in a local bookshop with order by consignment.”
Blake, age 9, author & illustrator ‘Hamish and His Hovercraft’

“Publishing a book is a great feeling! When you see the book for the very first time you look at it and say ‘Wow! I made this!’ It feels wonderful to know that you did all the hard work and you achieved something as great as this!”
Emily, age 12, author & illustrator, 'Too Busy Lizzie' and 'Lizzie in the Bush'

“It is a really big thing to do, and sometimes you want it to finish – but when it does the feeling of success is really big too!”
Emma, age 9, author & illustrator, BFF

"Creating a children’s book has been one of the best and most challenging experiences of my life so far."
Aleesah Darlison, Children’s Picture Book Author

What Parents Think

 

"We have been fortunate to have two of our children participate in the wonderful Child Writes program. The children have risen to the challenge to become published authors. It has given them an insight into the creative process on a very personal level and culminated in a result of which they are very proud."
Charlotte and Roger Grigg

Our three youngest children have now completed the Child Writes program and are now published authors and we wished the opportunity could have been available for our eldest. In addition to having their own ‘masterpiece’ that Grannies love, the program provided valuable lessons in long term project planning, time management, team dynamics, personal organisation and dealing with deadlines in a relaxed, non-school environment. Thank you Emma for the patience and enthusiasm you displayed throughout the journey. It has been a positive experience our children will fondly recall for the rest of their lives.
Neil and Alex Gannon

I cannot begin to tell you how proud Katie was of her achievement. Thank you so much for all your help, guidance, perseverance and retaining a sense of humour throughout the whole process! We really appreciate the work you have done
Sian Chicalas

"Thank you for providing Lydia with this wonderful opportunity to create her own picture book. As a teacher and a parent at Middle Ridge, I have seen the results of the wonderful program that you so generously offer to the children at the school, and so we have been eagerly awaiting for Lydia to reach Year 4 so that she, too, can be involved in your program."
Susan Kath, Middle Ridge State School

What Teachers Think

 

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with Emma Mactaggart for nine years. Middle Ridge State School and our school community has has greatly benefited from Emma's leadership and passion first as a Literacy Ambassador and then for the following eight years as educator when she implemented the Child Writes program with students from Years 4 to 7. During those years, Emma willingly volunteered over 1000 hours of time (just at our school alone), skillfully leading students through the writing and the illustration process, empowering them not only with the gift of writing a children's book but also giving each student the belief in themselves. Emma's enthusiasm, belief and commitment to achieving her goals, are qualities of an inspirational leader. Emma Mactaggart is a selfless and extraordinary women who has led by example. She has positively influenced the lives of 200 plus students who attended Middle Ridge State School and encouraged them to write, illustrate and publish a children's book. Emma has been and always will be, our Literary Champion!
Jill Temple, A/Head of Curriculum; Middle Ridge State School

Emma, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, thoughts and ideas with our classes (2TD and 2/3C) on Monday. Our students have been very keen to write their stories thanks to your input. We are now in the process of creating our own class publications complete with illustrations, hopefully by the end of term. Thanks again for your time, you have boosted the students motivation in an area where they needed it most.
Christine Conneely Year 3 Teacher Sacred Heart Primary School

“Emma visited our school in the lead up to the recent Year 3/5/7 Testing. She spoke with vigour and passion about her journey of writing and publishing a book. The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, learning much about how to treat their audience when writing, how to plan a narrative and how to effectively use a storyboard. Emma sparked a real enthusiasm in the children for writing. What a glorious gift indeed! Thanks, Emma.”
Kathy Golightly, Mater Dei Primary School

"A benefit of having Child Writes as part of the class room instruction is its promotion of literacy. There is a noticeable increase in interest in literacy in our school since the introduction of the program."
Norah Murphy, Acting Principle, Eidsvold State School

"Emma modelled and walked beside our children through every phase of the writing process including the drafting, editing and illustration processes. Emma is a very civically minded lady whose contribution to our school community has been highly valued. She has enriched the lives of many children and imbued a love of literacy with all those she worked with."
Paul McSwiney, Principal, Middle Ridge State School

"Thank you for providing Lydia with this wonderful opportunity to create her own picture book. As a teacher and a parent at Middle Ridge, I have seen the results of the wonderful program that you so generously offer to the children at the school, and so we have been eagerly awaiting for Lydia to reach Year 4 so that she, too, can be involved in your program."
Susan Kath, Middle Ridge State School

Video invitation by the Silverton children for their book launch in 2014!

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Silverton Invitation - Small from emma mactaggart on Vimeo.

You'll be amazed when you discover what children can do!